TACA Custom Auction Item #1 — Around The World With Rosewood

Back in 1966 when the late Jane Murchison (Haber), Evelyn Lambert, Virginia Nick and Betty Black Guiberson were trying to raise money for the Dallas Theater Center, they planted the seeds for TACA. To accomplish the fundraising, they held an auction — “it consisted, essentially, of four booths selling exotic food, one at each corner of the brand-new NorthPark center, and a write-in auction in front of Jas. K. Wilson.” By 1968 they had decided to try an auction on television, so they approached Channel 39. It turned out to be a combination of a mega-telethon and “Saturday Night Live” with local unknowns and well-knowns serving as hosts.

Legend has it that originally TACA stood for “TheAter Custom Auction” or “The Auction for Cultural Arts,” but the final representation is “The Arts Community Alliance.”

Over the years, TACA changed directions and expanding its beneficiaries and activities to include the Silver Cup Luncheon, Party on the Green and the TACA Custom Auction that eventually replaced the TV auction. It made sense. Afterall, the garnering of countless items, volunteers and sponsors for the TV auction required a heck of a lot of effort compared to the Custom Auction. This year the collection of TACA Custom Auction Gala items at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek will be limited to just six. Here is the first of the six that will be up for bid on Friday, September 8:

TACA Custom Auction Gala Package #1 – Around The World With Rosewood*

Phileas Fogg and Passepartout would have had absolutely killed for this worldly excursion. Instead of schlepping around the world in 80 days, the winner of this live auction package will experience international luxury ala Rosewood style with a guest. Within 15 days, the twosome will fly American Airlines to the following five Rosewood properties for three-night stays:

Rosewood Phuket**

Rosewood Puebla**

Rosewood Washington**

Rosewood Little Dix Bay**

Rosewood London**

The only downside is that it’s going to spoil the twosome for future trips.

* Courtesy of Rosewood Hotels and American Airlines 
** Photo provided by TACA

Art Ball Auction Item #5: Vacation In Cabo

Not interested in trips to places on the other side of “the pond”? Just what the Dallas Museum’s Art Ball committee thought. That’s why they came up with this perfect getaway that’s just a time zone away, but still deliciously luxurious and exotic.

Vacation in Cabo* (Value: $2,628)

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort*

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort**

Pampering has been redefined in Mexico by Rosewood. At its Las Ventanas al Paraíso, luxury is understood. From the staff that is always one step ahead of the guests’ wishes to the suites that boast the finest craftsmanship, Mexican motifs and artworks and Conchuela limestone floors, wood-burning fireplaces and both indoor/outdoor living areas, this Los Cabo resort is the gem of the Sea of Cortez.

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort*

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort**

Activities range from taking in the rays poolside with service just a wink away and observing the whales playing in the ocean to just hand-holding while strolling the grounds under the twinkling stars after enjoying a supper prepared by Las Ventanas’s Executive Chef Fabrice Guisset and Executive Sous Chef Gustavo Pinet in The Restaurant.

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort*

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort**

This Art Ball package includes a three-night stay in an Ocean View King Junior Suite plus breakfast each day for two.


  • Winning letter must be presented upon arrival and additional charges are the sole responsibility of the guest.
  • This offer is non-transferable and is not valid for the following dates: May 23-26, 2014; July 3-6, 2014; August 30-September 1, 2014; November 26-30, 2014; December 18, 2014-January 3, 2015; January 16-19, 2015; February 12-16, 2015; April 2-6, 2015.
* Compliments of Las Ventanas al Paraíso
** Photo provided by the Dallas Museum of Art's Art Ball

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #2

You’re not supposed to play favorites. Oh, sure you can when it comes to this item going on the auction bloc this Friday at the TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala at the Mansion.

After all these years, many of us have just taken for granted that every place has a hometown favorite like the Mansion on Turtle Creek. Refresher course is needed. Each of the Rosewood hotels and resorts throughout the world is as unique and superior as its founder Caroline Hunt. That’s why this package is so out of this world, or rather, around this world!

Read and dream about:

Item #2 – Around the World with Rosewood – Oh the places you could go, or send someone special you know. (Valued: $14,000)

Sorry, but you don’t get to pick a three-day stay at

Nope, if yours is the winning bid, you get them all plus airfare for two thanks to American Airlines!  Just imagine what you can do during your stays at these incredible spots. No, don’t! Because you can actually do it all with the right bid.

After you win, all you have to do is pick the dates, make sure your passport is current and pack your bags.